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Can Tech Really Beat the Weather Gods?

Elizabeth Svoboda PM 03.06.2008
Can Tech Really Beat the Weather Gods?

Weather Modders Aim to End Droughts With Efficiency by Sky. Armed with new tech, cloud seeders fly to the rescue of water-starved regions of the country.

The new Cold War

Joe Pappalardo PM 03.06.2008
The new Cold War

Despite renewed friction between Russia and the United States, the specter of open conflict has faded since the days of the Cold War. However, equipment designed by the two nations remains on opposite sides of 21st-century battlefields. This isn't...


The 100 Best Products of the Year

Mark Sullivan PC World 02.06.2008
The 100 Best Products of the Year

This year's tech gems -- as picked by PC World editors and readers -- will leave you more productive, connected and entertained.

Scientists develop 'scrubber' to suck CO2 from the air

In wake of the environmental damage caused by billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases produced each year, researchers at Colombia University in New York claim to have made a major breakthrough towards developing a machine that can 'suck' carbon dio...


Bill Gates signals end of computer mouse era

Microsoft is developing a system that could spell the end the use of computer mouse, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has said.

Robots get ready for military duty

Imagine robots dropping from the sky by the hundreds, swarming like giant insects over battlefields in coordinated, terrifying assaults. This might bring to mind images of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi battling the droid army in Star Wars but ro...


Algae Startups Confront Promise of Miracle Fuel With Big Summer

After years of hype as the mucky green grail of the oil crunch, algae is finally taking on its "impossible" hurdles to move from test tubes to barrels. With key players in this budding industry laying their bets on the winning biofuel formula, how...

Pentagon worried by China in space and cyberspace

China is developing weapons that would disable its enemies' space technology such as satellites in a conflict, the Pentagon said in a report released on Monday


Bond's Deadly Toys

Brian Caulfield Forbes 30.05.2008
Bond's Deadly Toys

Pity the Nazis. To the east, they faced tens of millions of Russians angry enough to use everything short of spoons and circus bears against the invader. On the other side of the globe, Americans toiled away on nuclear bombs in case the Germans go...

Scientists develop portable explosives detector

Sniffer dogs have been touted as the best portable explosive-detectors, till date. But now researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville, US, have developed a new portable technique based on the way explosives absorb and reflect light


Scientists devise 'P4P' system for faster, efficient web usage

Current Internet usage puts a great deal of strain on available bandwidth for transmitting data. And to solve this problem, researchers at Yale University have engineered a system to make the Internet work more efficiently, in which Internet Servi...

Monkey think, monkey do: with robotic arm

Julie Steenhuysen Reuters 29.05.2008
Monkey think, monkey do: with robotic arm

Using only its brainpower, a monkey can direct a robotic arm to pluck a marshmallow from a skewer and stuff it into its mouth, researchers said on Wednesday.


The Next 5 Extreme Research Machines You Need to Know

Erik Sofge Popular Mechanics 28.05.2008
Some 3000 ft. below the surface of Japan, the Super-Kamiokande detector is on the lookout for faster-than-light Cherenkov particles that might signal a supernova.

Forget the Large Hadron Collider: Whether they’re tracking Martian robots, simulating hurricanes or fending off the supernova apocalypse, these supersize science projects don’t just look cool—they’re hunting some of the world’s biggest unsolved my...

To stop your CO2 emission, bury it

With planet Earth engaged in a heated race against global warming, "carbon capture and storage" (CCS) has brought a ray of hope, and a Norwegian gas platform is leading the way.


The Telectroscope, London's window on New York

Urmee Khan Telegraph 24.05.2008
The Telectroscope, London's window on New York

It looks like something from the Victorian era, and its name sounds like a device from 1950s science fiction. The Telectroscope is an extraordinary new device that allows people in London to see across the Atlantic.

See future on Google Earth

Chetan Chauhan Hindustan Times 23.05.2008
See future on Google Earth

The future may not be too far. For instance, the India of 2100 and the impact of climate change in the years between now and then, can be seen through a new navigation tool on Google Earth. The tool was added to the global satellite map-based webs...


World's Smallest Helicopter Ready For a Spin

Steve Levenstein InventorSpot 16.05.2008
World's Smallest Helicopter Ready For a Spin

Those of us who've been dreaming of cheap personal air travel in the Buck Rogers, sci-fi jet-pack mode should turn their eyes towards Vinci, Italy on May 25. That's when Gennai Yanagisawa, inventor of the tiny GEN H-4 personal helicopter, will be ...

Young Adults Drink to Boost Their Chances of Hooking Up

Laura Allen Popular Science 15.05.2008
The Social Lube: Booze helps? What a shocker. Photo by Fernando de Sousa

In testament to a tried-and-true move in the human mating game, European scientists have noticed that young people in bars and nightclubs across the land are using alcohol and drugs to grease the wheels of foreplay.


New wi-fi devices warn doctors of heart attacks

Adam Sherwin The Times 07.05.2008
New wi-fi devices warn doctors of heart attacks

The Bluetooth wireless technology that allows people to use a hands-free earpiece while making a mobile telephone call could soon alert the emergency services when someone has a heart attack, Ofcom predicts.

Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans

Elinor Mills CNET News Blog 02.05.2008
Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans

We've got Google Earth and Google Sky. Next up will be a map of the world below sea level--Google Ocean. The company has assembled an advisory group of oceanography experts, and in December invited researchers from institutions around the world to...



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